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This weekend sees the FA Cup semi-finals take place at Wembley with Millwall playing Wigan before Chelsea face Manchester City in a heavy weight battle on Sunday afternoon.
The FA Cup had received criticism in recent years for a lack of high-profile games but with Chelsea having played Man Utd in the last round and this Sunday’s semi-final might as well be the final. With all respect to Millwall and Wigan neither have anywhere near enough talent to test either Chelsea or Manchester City in a pressurized game. Wigan may have beaten Everton in the last round but in a Wembley final they are unlikely to be able to repeat the trick.
Wigan first need to get past Championship side Millwall and they should have enough in the tank although one wonders with such pressure still in play in the Premier League how important this game will be to them. Last weekend they scored a last minute goal to take a point from QPR but the point they took was far less important than the two they denied QPR.
Chelsea have booked themselves into two semi-finals after this week’s win over Rubin Kazan in the Europa League but having travelled to Russia and back in midweek one wonders how much that will have taken out of the players after a very hectic fixture period recently. Manchester City beat Man Utd last week in the league but Chelsea also beat United the week before in the previous round of the FA Cup. Being the defending champions Chelsea will not want to toll over easily and it should be a very even contest with extra time and penalties a distinct possibility.